Maintaining Course Content – Office of Educational Quality & Innovation

Maintaining Course Content

The resources below were developed by IT@JH University Information Systems (UIS) for all Johns Hopkins schools to use as needed. While they can be used as a general guide to learn how to navigate Blackboard and make updates or changes to the classroom, they do not cover the specific policies and guidelines at School of Nursing. These resources should be used in conjunction with SON style and policy guides, or with the guidance of one of our course design experts in the Instructional Design & Technology department within OEQI.

Notice from UIS: Blackboard is continuously upgraded and we do our best to update the documentation. Some of the tutorials may reflect the previous version – please bear with us as we do our best to update the materials as quickly as possible.

Getting Started:

Adding Content:

Standard Course Tools:



  • Grade Center

  • Smart Views

  • My Grades

  • SIS Grade Import

    • Note: Page 2 of this guide references the Primary Display on the Final Letter Grade column. SON uses a specific grading schema for this column, called SON Letter. The Final Letter Grade column must be set as SON Letter for the Primary Display in all courses.

Technical FAQ: